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Africa Development Indicators 2012/13

Produced by: The World Bank Africa Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Africa Development Indicators 2012/13 is the latest data from the World Bank on social and economic conditions across the continent
  • There is increased demand for information to monitor development programs and progress among 844 million people across 48 countries, accounting for 12.4% of the population
  • With access to electronic media widening in Africa, the ADI will continue to offer the most valuable information available to monitor development progress

WASHINGTON, DC, June 27, 2013 – Although Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) continues to face persistent, long-term development challenges, many African countries have made significant gains in the past few years, and the region has been experiencing rapid economic growth at about five percent for the past 10 years.

Several factors have led to the region's recent success, including debt relief, increased aid, high commodity prices, and improved macroeconomic policies, but African countries still face persistent, long-term development challenges. The African Development Indicators (ADI)  provides data in an easy-to-use format that can help African policy makers to meet those challenges. The ADI is a World Bank annual report of the most recent development data from the continent, with a focus on the 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Collected from a variety of sources, including governments and development organizations, the data is helps tell the story of development progress -- and pitfalls -- which can aid policy makers in outlining development priorities, as well as informing citizens who can hold its leaders accountable. 

As the most detailed collection of data on Africa, the ADI presents macroeconomic, sectoral, and social indicators in a focused and convenient format to monitor development programs and aid flows in the region. It is a valuable tool for those who want a better understanding of the economic and social developments occurring in Africa.

Areas covered by the ADI:

  • Basic indicators
  • National and fiscal accounts
  • External accounts and exchange rates
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Private sector development
  • Trade and regional integration
  • Infrastructure
  • Human development
  • Agriculture, rural development, and environment
  • Labor, migration, and population
  • HIV/AIDS and malaria
  • Capable states and partnership
  • Paris Declaration indicators
  • Governance and policy